New York University film professor Dr. Jose Angel Santana says he was fired because he gave James Franco a “D” after the actor showed up to only two of the 14 classes in his course. “The school has bent over backwards to create a Franco-friendly environment, that’s for sure,” Santana, 58, told the New York Post. “The university has done everything in its power to curry favor with James Franco.” Santana claims that several of his colleagues gave the star high grades despite the fact that he rarely attended their classes and when he was there, often slept through them. He says that because Franco generates publicity for the school, he’s given preferential treatment. Franco not only starred in but allegedly financed former NYU professor Jay Anania’s indie film William Vincent, which screened at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. NYU film department chairman, John Tintori, appeared in a cameo role in the film, which created a conflict of interest. Ironically, Franco currently teaches a poetry/film class at NYU. In court documents, Santana says Franco made disparaging and inaccurate statements about him as an instructor. The court document reads: “The resulting publicity ridiculed Dr. Santana allegedly for giving an award-winning actor a ‘D’ in acting, even though the ‘D’ was actually in directing actors, and for abhorrent attendance.” Santana is suing NYU for wrongful dismissal and is requesting a jury trial.